Melissa Suzanne "Missy" Zens, daughter of Warren and Kathy (Kickland) Zens was born October 6, 1979 in Mitchell SD. She attended grade school in Mitchell and later graduated from Mitchell High School in 1999.
She moved to Sioux Falls, SD were she resided for 10 years. She returned to Mitchell where she has resided for the last four years two of which were living with her sister, Jamie Zens.
Missy had many passions during her life. She was an avid wrestling fan and enjoyed going to WWE matches with her father, Warren. GO John Cena! Missy and her mother had a very loving relationship. She always thought she was “somebody” when mom would buy her Aeropostale clothes. In their younger years Missy and her sisters Jenny and Beth would always hang out and occasionally would even drag main! In later years they gave her one of the greatest gifts, they made her an aunt! She loved country music, and attended many concerts with her sister, Jamie. The Minnesota Vikings were her favorite football team during the good times, and the bad. She would defend her team to the bitter end no matter what her brother-in-law, Matt Mackey would say. Missy loved her computer and cell phone; it was her way to keep in touch with the world. And she really enjoyed having her own personal “tech guy”, her brother-in-law, Jeff Shaffer.
With all the adversity and challenges Missy has endured during her life, she enjoyed life, and was always kind to everyone, and faced the world with a smile. She held a special place in her heart for her family.
Her nephews, Jake and Riley Mackey were always smiles while riding on the back of her wheelchair when younger.
Her niece, Alexis Shaffer, nephews, Michael, Hunter, and Rickey Shaffer were just as touched to be a part of her life as she was to be a part of theirs.
Grateful for having shared her life are her parents, Warren and Kathy (Kickland) Zens of Mitchell; her sisters: Matt and Jenny (Zens) Mackey and their sons, Jacob and Riley of Fulton, SD, Jeff and Beth (Zens) Shaffer and their children: Michael, Alexis, Hunter and Ricky all of Mitchell, SD, her sister, Jamie Zens, and beloved pets, Buddy and Minx of Mitchell, SD; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Earl and Pearl Kickland, Clemet and Elsie Zens, Uncles Billy Kickland and Greg Koepsell, along with many special friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.